South African import Ipi Tombe, who became an international racing star early this year with a trio of dominating victories in Dubai, has been retired from racing after a training setback that would have kept her from a return trip to Dubai.
Time Of War, owned by Steve Stavro's Knob Hill Stable, shocked not only fans, but his trainer as well when he crossed the wire first at 22-1 in Saturday's $128,500 Sir Barton Stakes at Woodbine.
Tim Cunningham's Ironton wrested the lead down the backstretch in the $75,000 Northern Dancer Stakes for 3-year-old Maryland breds and held it with a nose victory at the wire.
Edmund Gann's Medaglia d'Oro, winner of the Whitney (gr. I) and runner-up in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) the last two years, has been assigned high weight of 125 pounds for the 129th running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap (gr. II) on Nov. 29.
Jockey Christophe Soumillon broke Cash Asmussen's French riding record for wins in a season with a triple at Fontainebleau Saturday.
Grade I winner Buddy Gil has resumed full training and is being pointed toward the Dec. 26 Malibu Stakes (gr. I) on opening day at Santa Anita, trainer Jeff Mullins said.
Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel tied Charlie Whittingham's all-time record for victories at Hollywood Park Friday night when Irish-bred Anja won the fifth race to give Frankel his 859th win at the Inglewood track.
Jockey Glenn W. Corbett won five races at Turf Paradise Friday.
Todd Pletcher, the second-leading trainer in the nation with $11.5 million in purse earnings, seeks further riches in the two biggest races of the Hollywood Park Turf Festival next weekend.
Trainer Eddie Plesa, Jr. saddled four winners from five starters at Calder on Friday.
Flaunting her speed while shrugging off all pace challengers, Smokey Glacken was a convincing winner in her first two career starts. Yet her lone defeat, a third-place finish in Belmont Park's Astarita (gr. II), may have been her best effort to date.
Gulfstream Park announced a record number of Early Bird nominations for the March 13 Florida Derby (gr. I). There are already 160 horses nominated to the $1 million Kentucky Derby (gr. I) prep.
This is the seventh in a series of early looks at next year's potential Derby horses. Times are changing, and big-name trainers are looking for Derby horses wherever they can find them. Despite his usual abundance of promising colts, Bob Baffert already has added two new horses.
The loss of The Tin Man to an ankle injury one day before entries were drawn has cast Saturday's $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IT) into a wide open competition among nine entrants in the 12-furlong event at Hollywood Park.
The Tin Man, the probable favorite for the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IT) Saturday, will be forced to miss the race after suffering an ankle injury at Santa Anita.
Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Adoration worked six furlongs on the Hollywood Park turf course in 1:18 1/5 Thursday under regular rider Patrick Valenzuela after being supplemented to the $500,000 Matriarch (gr. IT) Nov. 30 for $15,000.
Kicken Kris, one of the leading 3-year-olds in the nation on turf, will be flown to California next week for the $600,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) on Nov. 30, trainer Michael Matz confirmed Thursday from his base at Fair Hill, Md.
Balto Star and Macaw lead a field of a dozen runners expected for Saturday's $150,000 Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIT) at Aqueduct. The 1 1/8-mile turf race will be the rubber match for the pair, who has faced each other twice this year. After Balto Star retreated in the Sword Dancer (gr. IT), Macaw finished well ahead of him in second. In the Man 'o War, Balto Star held on for fourth, two spots ahead of a flat Macaw.
Jockey Shane Sellers will return to the saddle Saturday at Churchill Downs when he pilots five horses, including Quick Tip in the $150,000 Cardinal Handicap (gr. IIT) and Eugene's Third Son in a 6 1/2-furlong optional allowance race. Saturday's mounts will be first for Sellers since he broke his tailbone in a freak Nov. 6 paddock accident.
Quick Tip may not be the most talented filly or mare that Neil Howard has trained, but few have been more consistent and honest. Those qualities are reason enough for Howard to hope for a big finish to the racing career of the 5-year-old daughter of Unaccounted For. She will make what is likely to be the final start of her career in Saturday's $150,000 Cardinal Handicap (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club paid the state of California $7.72- million in direct rent payments and generated an additional $4.14- million in food and beverage sales during its 43-day summer race meeting, resulting in total race meet income of $11.86 million for 2003, a record sum for the popular seaside track. The payment exceeds the 2002 total of $10.1 million by more than $1.7 million.
Jockey Russell Baze won his 400th race of the year at Golden Gate Fields Wednesday, the 11th time in the past 12 years he has reached that milestone.
Jockeys Alex Solis, Victor Espinoza and Corey Nakatani will be busy on Nov. 30. All three have been able to make flight arrangements that will enable them to ride in both the $4 million Japan Cup (Jpn-I) and the $600,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) and $500,000 Matriarch (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park later in the day.
Trainer Michael Dickinson hopes for better luck with Bowman Mill in the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IT) Saturday than he had with the horse's half-brother, Cetewayo, in last year's 1 1/2-mile turf test last year.
Live racing will be offered for 220 days in Maryland next year. The Maryland Racing Commission recently approved the the Maryland Jockey Club's schedule.
New York's favorite gelding has headed south for the winter. Dual classic winner Funny Cide arrived at Gulfstream Park Wednesday morning.
Crafty Shaw's connections are weighing their options after the horse's recent Schaefer Mile win...Take Charge Lady could make her final start in the Nov. 27 Falls City.
The March 27 Dubai World Cup, worth $6 million, has attracted 84 nominations, including Pleasantly Perfect, Medaglia d'Oro, Funny Cide, and Congaree.
Japanese owner Fusao Sekiguchi purchased the entire interest in millionaire Denon from Edmund Gann and the Niarchos family's Flaxman Stable and plans to run him in the Nov. 30 Japan Cup (Jpn-I).
This is the sixth in a series of early looks at next year's potential Derby horses. When the major stables ship south for the winter to embark on the Derby trail, they're going to find some strong resistence from the local forces.
Someone always seems unhappy after the American Graded Stakes Committee meets each fall and announces upgrades or downgrades to the program for the upcoming year. But graded stakes and the American Graded Stakes Committee have stood the test of time.
A pair of Grade I stakes winners from the stable of trainer Bobby Frankel head the star-studded rosters of nominations to the four major stakes races that make up Churchill Downs' "Big Four Weekend" on Nov. 27-29.
William S. Farish's Quick Tip and Select Stable's Take Charge Lady turned in sharp training moves Tuesday at Churchill Downs in preparations for stakes races that could be the final starts of their successful careers.
William S. Farish's Casual Look, winner of the classic Vodaphone Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) in 2003, has been retired from racing and is scheduled to join the broodmare band at Farish's Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Ky.
Comic Truth made a laugher out of Sunday's $160,700 Oklahoma Derby (gr. III) at Remington Park with a 10-length triumph over favored Excessivepleasure.
Lion Heart, an impressive six-length winner of the Hollywood Prevue Stakes for 2-year-olds Saturday, will be be prepared for a start in the Dec. 20 Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) at Hollywood Park.
Champion sprinter Kona Gold is all set to begin his new career on Monday when he's being shipped to a Southern California farm where he'll train as a rodeo horse and prepare for his future duties as a stable pony, trainer Bruce Headley said.
Academy Award-winning actor Joe Pesci was at Santa Anita Sunday morning to watch the 2-year-old filly Pesci work 1:00 2/5 over a fast track under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith.
This is the fifth in a series of early looks at next year's potential Derby horses. The new-look Team Valor is thinking Derby with Tiger Hunt and two European imports. In Maryland, Michael Dickinson embarks on his first Derby adventure with a pair of talented colts.
Thomas Van Meter II's Victory U.S.A., third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) had an easy time of it Sunday, winning the $100,000 Moccason Stakes at Hollywood Park by seven lengths.
Defending champion Dress To Thrill and Dedication will be flown from New York to California on Monday to compete in the $500,000 Matriarch for fillies and mares Nov. 30, trainer Christophe Clement confirmed Sunday.
Megahertz, a 4-year-old filly, will seek to become the second female to win the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IT) in the 1 1/2-mile grass test on Saturday.
Winter Garden spotted her elders weight in Sunday's $164,400 Bessarabian Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine, but once again, she was simply the best.
Front-running Warleigh nearly pulled off a theft of Sunday's $172,800 River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) on a yielding Churchill Downs turf, but he could not hold off the relentless charge of upsetter Hard Buck in the final stages.
Imperial Dancer shook loose from his challengers a furlong from home and went on to a three-length victory over Altieri in Sunday's Premio Roma SIS (Ity-I) at the Capannelle in Rome.
Japan's Admire Groove held off favored country mate Still in Love for a nose victory in Sunday's Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Cup (Jpn-I), giving jockey Yutaka Take an unprecedented third straight win in the race for fillies and mares at Kyoto Racecourse.
Mark Hopkins' A Huevo, a 7-year-old gelding making just his seventh career start, came with a rush from the outside near the sixteenth pole to register an upset of odds-on choice Shake You Down in the $300,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (gr. I) at Laurel Park Saturday.
British import Hoh Buzzard, ridden by California-based Ryan Foglesonger, helped set the early pace and held off a late charge from Aud for a neck victory in Saturday's $175,650 Mrs. Revere (gr. IIT) for 3-year-old fillies on the turf at Churchill Downs.
Spice Island surged past favored Volga in the final 150 yards to capture the $150,000 Long Island Handicap (gr. IIT) at 1 1/2 miles for fillies and mares on a yielding Aqueduct turf Saturday.
Favored Crafty Shaw defended his title in the $100,000 Michael Schaefer Mile Saturday night at Hoosier Park with a 2 1/4-length win over Cool N Collective.
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